Lake DeGray Resort State Park Field Trip Report

November 18, 2017

The November 18 field trip was a joint excursion sponsored by the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas (ASCA) and the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS).  That weekend was the AAS fall conference being held at the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in west Pulaski County.  Fourteen members of ASCA and AAS caravanned from Little Rock to Lake DeGray Resort State Park.  We spent the day coping with high winds and gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, not favorable when scanning the lake.  Mercifully, the temperature was mild so no frozen fingers or toes.  Sighting through jiggling scopes, we were able to pick out a few species bobbing on the surface of the lake.  Best birds were Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons, Buffleheads, Horned Grebes, Gadwalls, and Scaup.  Birds in the air battling the wind were Ring-billed Gulls, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, American and Fish Crows, and Turkey Vultures. 

We drove to below the dam to the Caddo River hoping to get out of the wind and find Red-breasted and Brown-headed Nuthatches in the pine trees along the river.  We briefly heard Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers, but no Red-breasted Nuthatches.  We did have a flyover of Greater White-fronted Geese, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and a Kingfisher.  We finished the trip with a late lunch at the Park’s Lodge.  Being inside was very welcome because we were all quite windblown at that point.  We totaled 32 species for the trip.

Karen Holliday

ASCA Field Trip Coordinator

November 18 Field Trip to DeGray Lake Resort State Park—Arkadelphia


The fall conference of the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) is being held at Ferncliff in West Little Rock Nov. 17-19.  This trip is one of the Saturday conference field trips and will be a joint ASCA/AAS trip.  We’ll meet at 7:30 a.m. in the commuter lot at I-430/I-630 off Shackleford Road in Little Rock.  We’ll arrive around 8:45 a.m. at the park’s Lodge for anyone who would like to meet us there.  Our target birds will be eagles, loons, ducks, mergansers, grebes, and gulls.  Dress warm, the lake can be windy and cold.  Hats and gloves are recommended.  Bring scope, water, and snacks.  You can bring lunch or eat in the Lodge’s restaurant.


Address for the park is:  2027 State Park Entrance Road – Bismarck, Arkansas 71929.  GPS coordinates are 34.24562, -93.14840.  Go to for more information about the park.